Hogwarts Battle

USAopoly Announces Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle Splash Event for 11/12

Participating tabletop game retailers are hosting demos for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle on November 12th, in what is being called a “splash event.”  You should be excited about this even if you own the game, as special incentive cards are being given out: Seamus Finnigan and Eye of Rabbit Promo Cards.

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Here is the list of game stores, which I pulled from USAopoly.com.  If your store is not on the list, they can contact USAopoly if they’re interested in participating.

Alabama
Madison – JC’s House of Cards

Arizona
Glendale – Imperial Outpost Games

Arkansas
Fayetteville – Dragon’s Keep Gaming Room

California
Vista – Pair A Dice Games
Westlake Village – Game Ogre

Colorado
Arvada – Black & Read Music, Books and Games
Aurora – Shep’s Games
Aurora – Crit Castle Games
Highlands Ranch – Enchanted Grounds

Connecticut
Danbury – Gamer’s Gambit
Mashantucket – Regency Gaming
Newington – YFN Tabletop Shop
Wallingford – Dragon’s Lair

District of Columbia
Washington – Labyrinth Games & Puzzles

Florida
Davie – The Adventure Game Store
Jacksonville – Cool Stuff Games
Winter Garden – Krum’s World
Clearwater – Emerald City

Georgia
Athens – Tyche’s Games
Flowery Branch – Meeple Madness

Hawaii
Honolulu – The Armchair Adventurer

Idaho
Idaho Falls – Gameopolis
Moscow – Safari Pearl Comics
New Plymouth – Gaming Adventures

Illinois
Batavia – Draxtar Games
Bloomington – Red Raccoon Games
Chicago – Cat and Mouse Games
Chicago – Da Sorce
Crystal Lake – Affinity for Gaming
Quincy – Underdark Comics
Peoria – Just for Fun
DeKalb – The Gaming Goat

Indiana
Bloomington – Common Room Games
Elkhart – Secret Door Games
Fort Wayne – Deck Factory Gaming Center
Goshen – Better World Books
Hobart – Games Inn
Indianapolis – Game Preserve
Indianapolis – Family Time Games
Portage – Lightspeed Hobbies

Iowa
Coralville – Geek City Games and Comics
Iowa City – Critical Hit Games
Sioux City – Games King
Sioux City – ACME Comics & Collectibles

Kansas
Overland Park – TableTop Game & Hobby
Wichita – Hero Complex Games & Entertainment
Wichita – Wizard’s Asylum
Shawnee – The Geekery

Kentucky
Lexington – Legendary Games
Louisville – The Louisville Game Shop
Richmond – Legendary

Louisiana
Lafayette – Sword N Board

Maine
Kennebunk – Make It KPT
Belfast – All About Games

Maryland
Baltimore – Canton Games
Gaithersburg – Play More Games
Rockville – Looking for Games

Massachusetts
Northampton – Modern Myths

Michigan
Garden City – Pandemonium Games and Hobbies (U-Con)
Adrian – Acropolis Games
Brighton – Nerdageddon
Ferndale – The Loaded Die
Grandville – The Gamer’s Wharf
Kentwood – Out of the Box Games
Traverse City – TC War Room
Wayne – Warriors 3 Comics & Games (UCON)
Ypsilanti – Fun 4 All Comics and Games

Minnesota
Minnetonka – Lodestone Coffee & Games
Champlin – Village Games
Roseville – Games by James
Roseville – Fantasy Flight Game Center
South Saint Paul – Level Up Games, Comics, and More
Roseville – Source Comics and Games

Mississippi
Long Beach – Dark Knights Gaming (CoastCon Jr.)
Ridgeland – Van’s Comics, Cards & Games

Missouri
Independence – Game Café
Springfield – Meta-Games Unlimited
St. Louis – The Fantasy Shop – South County
Independence – Game Café (Midwest GameFest)

Nebraska
Bellevue – The Game Shoppe
Lincoln – Hobbytown USA (Pioneer Woods Dr)
Lincoln – Gauntlet Games
Lincoln – Hobbytown USA (Cornhusker Hwy)
Omaha – Sparta Games
Omaha – Spielbound
Omaha – The Game Shoppe
Kearney – Game On Games

New Jersey
Bernardsville – The Bearded Dragon Games
Green Brook – Elite Battlegrounds
Washington – Arcana Toys Games and Hobbies
Woodbridge – The Game Room Store

Nevada
Reno – Games Galore

New York
Hicksville – Game Master Games
Hyde Park – Alterniverse
Pittsford – The Game Gamut
Plainview – Legendary Realms Games
Port Jervis – Haven for Heroes
East Greenbush – Flipside Gaming

North Carolina
Matthews – Your Local Game Store (MACE)
Pineville – Carolina TableTop Games
Richlands – Red Door Games
Durham – Atomic Empire

Ohio
Cincinnati – Arkham House Games
Cleveland Heights – Critical Hit Games
Columbiana – Fantastic Games
Mason – Nostalgia, Ink
Newbury – Diversions Gaming and Hobby
North Olmsted    – Recess
Toledo – Old School Gaming
Reynoldsburg –  Great Games & Clubhouse

Oklahoma
Norman – Loot & XP

Oregon
Gresham – Off The Charts Games
Portland – Guardian Games
Portland – Red Castle Games
Salem – Haven Gaming

Pennsylvania
West Chester – The Games Keep

Rhode Island
Warwick – Toy Vault Games

Tennessee
Hermitage – The Game Cave
Knoxville – Level Up Games & Hobbies
Oak Ridge – Stabler Games & Comics
Knoxville – Hobbytown USA
Madison – Comix City Too!
Murfreesboro – Roll The Dice

Texas
Austin – Wonko’s Toys and Games
Austin – Dragon’s Lair
Austin – Mage’s Sanctum
College Station – Clockwork Games & Events
Fort Worth – Collected Fort Worth
Plano – Valhalla Hobbies & Games
Lockhart – Flash Candy and Toys
San Angelo – The Gathering Place
San Antonio – Tabletop Gaming Center
Pearland – Arkham Comics & Games

Utah
Provo – Dragon’s Keep
Salt Lake City – Demolition Games
St. George – Game Haven
Salt Lake City – Hastur Games & Comics

Virginia
Centreville – The Island Games
Fairfax – Comics & Gaming Fairfax
Leesburg – Leesburg Hobbies & Collectibles
Falls Church – The Compleat Strategist

Washington
Tacoma – Uncle’s Games

Wisconsin
Madison – Pegasus Games
Middleton – I’m Board! Games and Family Fun
Sheboygan – The GameBoard

Wyoming
Laramie – 8 Bytes Game Café


Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle A Cooperative Deck Building Game

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The Wish Wall: More Details Emerge on Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

Comics related news has been dropping pretty fast due to San Diego Comic-Con, so my blogging time has been pretty much restricted to posts on NerdSpan, where I wear the Comics News Editor hat.  And while I prefer thinking about tabletop games to eating or sleeping, my body disagrees, so my last post on Board of Life was four days ago…again.

This post will be pretty short as well.  I just wanted to share new details on the Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle Deck-Building Game, which looks more and more interesting.  USAopoly has revealed the Hero Cards, some of the other starting cards, a sample player’s board, and a picture of what the player’s “play area” will look like.

If Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Matthew Lewis ever sit down to play this game together, it will be not unlike opening a collection of yearbooks, as the Hero Cards pictured are from their earliest film together, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

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You  may be able to see in the upper right hand corner of each card “Game 1.”  If you remember from our last look at this game, there are seven boxes, holding different playing cards for each year.  I’m assuming this means that in each of the seven games included in this box, you get a new Hero Card with a new picture.  So by the end of this game, you’ll be more familiar with how the cast of Harry Potter changed over the years than you did.

Here’s a picture of how a player’s “play area” should look when playing this game:

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On the top is a turn order card and a Hero Card, and to the left is the player’s unique deck of cards, while to the right appears to be a pile indicating spell mastery.

Here are these elements up close:


Finally, here are some examples of some of the unique play cards, specifically two each of Harry’s and Neville’s.  For Harry, we see Hedwig and the Invisibility Cloak; for Neville, we see the Mandrake and the Remembrall.

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USAopoly plans to release more details about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle Deck-Building Game periodically until it is released, starting with a post coming next week.

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The Wish Wall: Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle

We’re definitely Potterheads in this house, and while I did prefer the books (with the exception of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, for which I concede the movie is better), we have multiple rewatches of the movies under our belts. In this house, not only do we have books and video, we also have Harry Potter t-shirts, Lego video games, homemade wands from a recent Potter-themed birthday party, and one of the new coloring books. My wife is reading through the series to my daughter, and occasionally I listen in. I know that I am a Hufflepuff according to Pottermore and a Ravenclaw according to the Sorting Hat Bot on Twitter, where I also follow J. K. Rowling. So it is probably fair to say that I think about Pottermania at least once a day, and I’m not alone in this home.

As tabletop gaming enthusiasts, you would think that we would also have a variety of Harry Potter themed games, and while we do have Lego: Harry Potter Hogwarts (2010) and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: Mystery at Hogwarts Game (2000) around here, neither are particularly satisfying as games, although they are cute pieces that fellow Pottermaniacs will enjoy. When I go to BoardGameGeek.com to find Harry Potter themed games, I see that many of the interesting looking ones were produced before Warner Brothers released the first of its film adaptations, and during the run of the Harry Potter movies, there are lots of underwhelming Scene It?, Clue and Trivial Pursuit iterations, as well as the obligatory Wizard Chess. None of these games seem to have a preponderance of fans; the most popular one on BGG, Harry Potter: Trading Card Game, has 451 voters in the 1-6 rating, and only 311 in the 7-10 rating.  

So I admit my trepidation and consider myself forewarned when I allow myself to get excited over USAopoly’s advance press about Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle. There are no advance reviews, but I can see from the pictures that this is not only the most ambitious Harry Potter tabletop game to date, but also one of the more ambitious board game releases for 2016.

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For example, if you take a look at the above promotional picture you will see in the upper left a brown rectangle.

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In this accompanying photo, you can see what look to be seven different decks of cards for each of the seven years that Harry Potter is in Hogwarts, one for each of Rowling’s famous novels.

There’s also four brightly colored game-dedicated dice, and each of the four Hogwarts students available to play—Harry, Ron, Hermione, or Neville—gets their own playing deck.

In just three weeks, we should know more through BGG and more conventional social media—that real-world GIF and video stuffed analogue to Potterverse papers like The Daily Prophet and The Quibbler—about whether Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle is any good, because USAopoly is taking it to GenCon on August 4th.

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I hope that Harry Potter: Hogwarts Battle is by all accounts a very good game and ends up on our game shelf, and the truth is with so much Harry Potter enthusiasm in this house, we may end up having it anyway.  In the meantime, however, it’s sitting on The Wish Wall.

Official game description:

The forces of evil are threatening to overrun HOGWARTS™ castle in this new cooperative game! It’s up to four students to ensure the safety of the school by defeating villains and consolidating their defenses. Players take on the role of a HOGWARTS student: Harry, Ron, Hermione or Neville, each with his or her own personal deck of cards. To secure the castle from the forces of evil the students must work together to build more powerful decks using iconic Wizarding World characters, spells, and items.  Defeat all the villains including He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named and win the game!


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